White River Bay

This is a quaint bay with drifting sailboats on the horizon and a calm crowd. The sunshine illuminates the sand and the sea, which both sparkle. The ocean floor is clear around the coastline, for great swimming and drifting. Access is fairly restricted to patrons of the resort.

Located a mile and a half east of downtown Ocho Rios, White River Bay is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying particularly close by. Although White River Bay is not the most hidden spot in Jamaica, it has the right combination of charm and personality to attract vacationers.

Amenities and Ambiance

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Fortunately, chairs and umbrellas are offered at this beach for visitors seeking some respite from the sun. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so bring your gear if you're hoping to find some interesting marine life.

Remember to take into account that White River Bay is in an area which is rather congested, so the availability of certain services is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on Jamaica's North East coast; it will be near other attractions like Sandals Golf and Country Club, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near White River Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 2.3 mi. S Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 2.5 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

White River Bay is very close to Ocho Rios, so a trip into the city is a definite option. The city of Ocho Rios is close-by and is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From the beach, Ocho Rios is just up the road, roughly a mile (a kilometer and a half).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. At this beach, you can expect to see a fair amount of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Those looking for a place to stay close to White River Bay won't have a difficult time, as there are lots of hotels to choose from in the surrounding area. Find the closest, most convenient booking options by perusing what's listed in the table that follows.

Accommodations near White River Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Couples Sans Souci 0.0 mi. S Resort
Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge 0.3 mi. SW Lodge
The Blue House 0.3 mi. ESE B & B
Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive 0.4 mi. WSW Hotel
Jamaica Inn 0.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Sandals Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Executive Shaw Park Guest House 0.9 mi. S Hotel
Sandals Grande Rivera 1.1 mi. WSW Resort
Harmony Hall 1.5 mi. W Cottages


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit a local restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without straying too far from your current location. Le Gourmet is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant features French food. Some guests will choose to take a cab here, while others will want to walk as it's only a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are listed below.

Restaurants near White River Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Gourmet (876) 906-3822 French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. E
Jamaica Inn Restaurant (876) 974-2514 International Informal 0.6 mi. WSW
The Reef Terrace Restaurant (888) 726-3257 Caribbean Informal 1.1 mi. W
Lobster Shack (876) 975-5106 Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar (876) 975-4785 Italian Informal 1.7 mi. E
Bibibip's Bar & Grill (876) 974-8759 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 1.9 mi. W
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 2.0 mi. W
Miss T's Kitchen (876) 795-0099 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 2.2 mi. W
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 2.2 mi. W
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 2.4 mi. W
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 2.5 mi. W
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 2.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

There are plenty of beautiful beach locations to choose from in Jamaica, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

If the active mood at White River Bay is one of the features you love, consider heading to Steer Town Beach, a spot with the same type of electricity. It is located five and a half miles to the west. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Shaw Park Beach is a beach which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it just a short distance away.

Another option worth considering is Tower Isle West Beach, located within a couple of miles.

Of course, there are lots of other things to do and see in Jamaica; then again, White River Bay is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.


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